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Seeking information about Jack Ayk, World War I veteran

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am

My name is Patrick Lernout. I live in Waregem, Belgium, at about one mile from the U.S. Flanders Field military cemetery. I have written a book that tells the story of each soldier buried in the cemetery. This book is now published in Flemish and will be published in English in the USA in 2014. That book is a great tribute to those young Americans who gave their lives for the freedom of my country. You can see more about the book on www.flandersfieldbook.be.

This is a last try for information on a soldier from San Joaquin County, especially for a picture of him. I have pictures of most of the soldiers buried in the cemetery, but not of Jack Ayk from Stockton. He died of wounds on Nov. 4, 1918, seven days before the end of the war. He had immigrated in 1917 from the Netherlands, and his original name was Jacobus Van Eyck. He worked in a sugar factory in Manteca.

So, can anybody help me with a picture of Jack Ayk (Jacobus Van Eyck)? Sometimes an illustrated “Roll of Honor book” was published in the county or veteran pictures are exposed in the city hall.

Thank you very much in advance. Email with information or questions to patrick.lernout@telenet.be.

Patrik Lernout

Waregem, Belgium

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